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Action on MLK Day 2022


People First Puts Citizenship and Service into Action on MLK Day 2022 AmeriCorps Members & Volunteers Distribute Winter Clothing to Homeless as part of MLK Day

Utica, New York — People First AmeriCorps members and local residents will step up to serve as volunteers on the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Volunteers will distribute winter clothing such as coats, hats, gloves as well as blessing bags to the homeless, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in volunteer service.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a defining moment each year when Americans across the country step up to make communities more equitable, underpin racial equity, expand civic opportunities, and foster respect for individual differences.  Citizens will take action to create the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream.

On January 17, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Salvation Army, 14 Clinton Place, Utica, People First, and its community partners will host a winter clothing giveaway with donations courtesy of Trinity United Methodist Church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Veterans Outreach Center, and the Central New York Labor Agency.

“Today we answer Dr. King’s call to serve and are making a difference in the lives of Central New York residents,” said Dave Zogby, People First AmeriCorps Director. “A resourceful way to meet local needs, volunteer service is a powerful tool that builds strong communities. We are putting the core American principles of citizenship and service into action.”

People can volunteer by calling 315-982.3731 or emailing

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center, thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses nationwide.  The Utica Public Housing AmeriCorps program helps residents with housing, employment, financial literacy, and veteran services.  A special component of the program is homeless services.  Funded by the City of Utica, the People First Coordinated Homeless Response System provides street outreach, case management, and day shelter services for the local homeless through the Rescue Mission and Salvation Army.

For more information about the MLK Day of Service, visit, or

About People First

People First (Utica Municipal Housing Authority) is the area’s largest provider of affordable housing.  Our “People First” name reflects our holistic approach and compassionate, transformative “quality of life” services that meet the housing and service needs of Central New York…  We were one of the first housing authorities formed in the U.S.  Our goal is to be a leader in the housing industry by providing safe, clean, and affordable housing opportunities to low-income persons while promoting self-sufficiency, upward mobility, and customer satisfaction. 



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